Tim Moore is certainly an individual that any cyclist would respect. He has taken on numerous bicycling challenges, such as riding the 3,200 km route of the notorious 1914 Giro d'Iitalia on a 99-year-old wooden-wheeled bicycle as well as following a Tour de France route - in his words fueled by a diet heavy on ProPlus and rosé wine. The capper though was his latest feat, following the Iron Curtain Trail (EV 13), from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria. This on a tiny-wheeled MIFA, which he describes as a two-geared shopping bike of East German manufacture
Not only did he survive the 8,558.4 kilometre journey but as with the other adventures wrote a wonderful book, published late last year, about the experience. The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold (a play on the title of a famous John le Carré spy novel) combines travel, history, humour and political analysis in one side-splitting read. It should be of interest to our readers for the description of the entire journey, not only because Moore cycled through Estonia en route.
Interview with Andres Gutman, Estonian Life, August 2012
Eric Dickens was a university student in England, in the mid-1970's, when he attended a lecture by a visiting Estonian academic. Until then, he had never even heard of Estonia. There was something in that lecture, however, which sparked an interest that proved to be enduring. He began to study the language and, today, he is the foremost translator of Estonian literature into English.
Eesti Elu found Eric living in Uppsala, Sweden, where he busily translates from Estonian, Dutch and Swedish. When he finds the time, he also does a bit from Finnish. He has a reading knowledge of German, French, and Polish.
Eesti Elu (EE): Would it be fair to describe you as an ordinary bloke with an uncanny aptitude for languages?
Eric Dickens (ED):
I am not interested in clocking up languages. I wish to savour literature. In 1969, I developed an interest in Finnish. That was eventually overtaken by Estonian. I'm currently making efforts to learn it more thoroughly now.